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GOC admits role in Australia Visa Scandal

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The Ghana Olympic Committee has failed to respond to claims it dismissed its former Project Officer Mr. Erasmus Kwaw to enable it “perpetrate an illegality in the media accreditation process for the 2018 Commonwealth Games which subsequently resulted in the infamous deportation of the 60 fake Ghanaian journalists” in an ongoing case of unlawful termination of appointment at an Accra Labour High Court.

In their respective statements to the High Court, the GOC President Mr. Ben Nunoo Mensah, Treasurer Mr. Fredrrick Otu and Board member Nana Mankatta failed to respond to the claim of their involvement in the visa scandal by the plaintiff.

The GOC’s inaction amounts to an admission of its complicity in the visa scandal despite publicly denying such claims.

It will be recalled that trial judge overruled an objection raised by the defendants lawyer against the filing of the minutes of the GOC’s Emergency Committee meeting held on 23rd April 2018 by the plaintiff.

In the minutes, the GOC President Mr. Ben Nunoo Mensah states that investigations by the GOC established that 12 names had been added to the list as guests through the Deputy Minister with the consent of the Chef de Mission.

The minutes reveal the GOC and its officials were allegedly complicit in the accreditation process that led to the deportation of some 60 Ghanaians for attempting to enter Australia by false pretenses, as alleged by the government of Ghana.

At the courts last sitting in March, Mr. Kwaw said he would subpoena the GOC’s Disciplinary/Grievances/Dispute/Resolution Committee’s investigative report into the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games visa scandal.

Mr. Kwaw is suing the Olympic governing body for unlawful termination of appointment.



He claims he was unceremoniously dismissed from his position after two separate attacks on him at the GOC office at Ridge in Accra. His dismissal on 24th August, 2017, came in the middle of the accreditation process for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.



Meanwhile, the case is due to be heard on 11th April, 2019.

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